Thursday, July 29, 2010

A tiny transformation

We're a Kleenex kind of household. At this moment, you can find boxes of tissues in at least five different rooms of our house. In the winter and spring, you'll find even more. I guess we sneeze a lot.

I don't like having naked boxes of tissues around. I know that tissue manufacturers try to make the boxes attractive; I guess I'm sensitive about tissue box decor. But I'm also sensitive about how much tissue box covers cost at retail stores. Yikes!

So I watch for tissue box covers at thrift stores, and recently I found this little gem:



Not quite the look I wanted, but I did like the price. So I got out my trusty spray paint:



And a stencil:



I'm quite happy with my new tissue box cover! Not bad at all for 99 cents. Meanwhile, I came up with another use for an empty tissue box. I use it to store empty plastic bags. I have half a dozen re-usable bags, but I often forget to take them into stores with me. I find that plastic bags are useful for many different things, but storing them has been a challenge. Solution: stuff them down into an empty tissue box. And if you have a 99-cent decorative cover for your tissue box, you can have a plastic bag dispenser that's useful and pretty!




18 comments:

Kim@Seasons of My Heart said...

Now that is very creative.....and it turned out great.

What a wonderful idea.....thanks for sharing it today.

Bonita said...

Cute box and what a great idea for those plastic bags. I'll be on the lookout for a thrifty tissue box now!

Lisa said...

Cute! I'm actually the same way with the boxes. I'm always looking for kleenex boxes from thrift stores to decorate. I'm weird and I only like the rectangle shaped boxes so those are even harder to find!

Nadir @ Hodgepodge said...

Adorable! And what a great storage solution too! :-)

melody-mae said...

How cute. I love the idea for the extra plastic bags too, currently I have a cupboard that is filled to the brim with them. I love this idea. thanks for sharing!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

That is SUCH a good idea!!! That is so much cuter than my giant wad of plastic bags shoved under my sink. ;) Totally linking to this for Weekend Bloggy Reading tomorrow!

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

What a good idea to use them for plastic bags! Too cute!

Melanie said...

What a great idea! I don't like the plain jane boxes either.

Lauren said...

That's cute! One day, I will become inventive and creative with decor. At least, that's what I keep telling myself...

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

That turned out so good and what a great way to store your bags. Amazing what spray paint can do. Love & blessings from NC!

Melissa Miller said...

Very pretty box Richella!

I can relate to sneezing with my allergies going crazy right now.

Have a good weekend.
~Melissa :)

Beth@The Stories of A2Z said...

What a great idea! I keep my bags stuffed in a junk drawer. This would be way cuter :).

Robin said...

Great way to recycle (or upcycle as I like to call it.) I love it and would love to see you post this at my linky party Upcycled Awesome!
http://tinyurl.com/Upcycled8

Ms Bingles Vintage Christmas said...

Love it!
Very creative!
Thank you for sharing!
Leticia

Makalani Adolpho, PLC said...

I have bad allergies so I love any idea to cover boring tissue boxes.

I am the same way with forgetting my reusable grocery bags in the car. Alot of good that does, huh?

Visiting by way of Fingerprints on the fridge.

~Makalani
www.MakazHome.com

Simplegirl said...

That is a great idea too. I used a cleaning container for my bags:-) I am coming from Fingerprints on the Fridge Friday hop. I'm now following your lovely blog. Hope to see you at Inspirations by D too. Blessed weekend.

Julie said...

I love this idea. My plastic bags are out of control!

Cara said...

Love this idea, how adorable! Found you from Fingerprints on the Fridge, would love to have you stop over for a visit!

Cara

P.S. Becoming a follower too:)

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